As you all might have seen on my previous topic in general:
I have a proposal for Infinite Flight cabins moving forward. We’ve had all three options in the last few updates in Infinite Flight: a full cabin on the CRJ, no cabin on the A350, and a mini-cabin on the 777.
Frankly, the CRJ cabin is far and away the best looking out of all of them. The seats fill the whole aircraft, they are not terribly boxy, and overall you have a nice experience inside. Now, in the recent 777 update, the seats are low quality and to be honest it just looks out of place (in addition to the fact that there are economy seats in first, we’re looking at what appears to be some sort of combi-cargo setup overall, etc. etc.)
! Disclaimer: this isn’t a rant against the developers – I think we can all agree that the 777 looks amazing.
! Second Disclaimer: this isn’t a request for better seats or anything like that. Jason has already said that due to polygon constraints, the number of seats in the 777 is the most they can put in. So with quality limits as they are, I am proposing the following solution moving forward (which I think can please everyone)
1) Restrict cabin seats to only small regional aircraft (i.e. the CRJ series)
This has the benefit of ensuring we still have some cool cabin views to enjoy, and in smaller jets we can have a better quality, and therefore more enjoyable, cabin.
2) Model galleys on long-haul aircraft, but do NOT model any other cabin features
But wait, I want a window view and a passenger experience! Well, take a look at the third part of my proposal:
3) Implement another camera view in the same position as a window seat view, inside the aircraft
So, to be frank, we won’t have a full cabin on any long-haul aircraft for the foreseeable future, and that’s not just “because”, but due to device limitations. Given that the cockpit is where we (should) be spending most of our time, and the planes themselves are what is important, polygons and details in the cockpit and exterior should be prioritized.
This window view (shown above for illustrative purposes) should be a happy compromise. It shouldn’t be too difficult to implement, because the 777 and A350 both have hollow cabins and actual windows, so it should just require the correct placement of a camera. I’d advocate to have the camera fixed to a small viewing angle, so it isn’t as obvious that the cabin in bare. This is, however, a minor detail.
In short, here is why I think this is a good idea and the best possible compromise:
- You don’t have to worry about a memory-intensive 200-seat cabin, which is good for performance.
- You will still have a full cabin to enjoy on short-haul jets.
- You still have a cabin window view on long-haul flights, just no seats (which don’t look too nice to begin with).
- You still have galleys modeled (as on the 777), so that when doors are opened it doesn’t look too strange unless you get really close.
It’s a win-win. So drop a vote, or comment below to show your support! Hopefully this will be taken into consideration for the rest of the 777 family and beyond.